February 7, 2020 – Executive recruitment firm AMN Leadership Solutions has been chosen to find the next president and chief executive officer for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Leading the assignment are recruiters Beth Ross, Christine Mackey-Ross and Jennifer Schaulin.
“The new president and CEO will be joining Children’s Hospital & Medical Center at an important juncture in its evolution,” said AMN Leadership Solutions. “The past four years have set the stage for Children’s to attain state and regional prominence in the areas of excellent patient care, innovation, education and increased research initiatives.”
“The new Hubbard Center for Children, a nine-floor, state-of-the-art clinical facility will double Children’s capacity, adding more than 100 new patient beds in the 460,000 square foot tower that is scheduled to open in 2021,” said the search firm. “In collaboration with the board, affiliate partners, and dependent on community needs, the CEO will play a key role in the determination of the new tower’s occupancy and utilization, setting and guiding the institution’s strategic direction for the foreseeable future.”
The Children’s Hospital & Medical Center President and CEO will be charged with providing leadership, strategic guidance and management direction to fulfill the system’s mission and vision. The CEO models the core values and advances the operating principles necessary to improve the health of the communities the hospital serves.
An Inclusive Culture
The new leader will be expected to solidify a culture of inclusivity, working with community physicians, faculty members, affiliated delivery systems and other state/regional providers of pediatric services, said AMN Leadership Solutions.
The CEO will be responsible for leading the entire organization and its business entities. Responsibilities include establishing strategic plans and budgets; monitoring financial performance, operations, growth and mission effectiveness; and representing Children’s to governmental branches, other healthcare organizations and to the public.
This individual will work closely with the Children’s board of directors, foundation board of directors, advisory council, Children’s Physicians board of directors, Children’s Specialty Physicians board of directors, Children’s executive leadership team and academic partners to align goals and execute effective strategies on behalf of the communities served by Children’s.
The CEO will ensure that Children’s maintains its position as a leading children’s hospital in the country, said AMN Leadership Solutions. This includes advocating both for healthcare for the children that the organization serves, and for shaping Children’s to be a national leader and model of patient and family-centered delivery of care and population health management.
The CEO will have a strong moral compass and will be responsible for providing mission and values based leadership, direction, support and assistance to the hospital and its business entities to optimize operational effectiveness and strategic position. The CEO is responsible for maximizing and integrating Children’s resources across the various operating entities.
Candidates will be expected to have an MBA/MHA or other equivalent advanced degree. Physicians must be board certified in their specialty. Executive leadership experience in a children’s hospital, complex medical center, integrated delivery system or an academic medical center with a national reputation for quality outcomes is essential.
Skill-sets required for the role include: strong leadership, strategic and results driven, communicator/relationship builder, change management, finance/operations and physician/provider relations.
Personal characteristics that prospects should possess include: transparency, accountable, honesty/integrity, values team/team members, approachable/calm, inclusive, stellar communicator, results/solution oriented, relational/Influencer, humor and courageous.
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is a cutting-edge acute-care hospital affiliated with the College of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University School of Medicine – both in Omaha. The hospital has been caring for children since 1948. Children’s is the only full-service pediatric specialty healthcare center in Nebraska. Patients are referred from throughout a five-state region for the treatment of complex or unusual diseases in addition to pediatric primary care. Annual net revenue for the system is over $460 million.
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Newly launched AMN Leadership Solutions, a division of AMN Healthcare, provides a complete range of healthcare leadership search and talent solutions including: executive and physician leadership search, interim and leadership search, physician and advanced practice recruitment, recruitment process outsourcing, and leadership and talent optimization services. Underlying this initiative are also the services of three high-performing brands: Phillips DiPisa (executive and physician leadership search), and Leaders for Today and the First String (interim and leadership search). These brands are part of the AMN Leadership Solutions suite.
In 2018, San Diego, CA-based AMN Healthcare acquired MedPartners, a national mid-revenue cycle firm, and two related brands in healthcare leadership solutions: executive search firm Phillips DiPisa and Leaders For Today. In 2016, AMN Healthcare acquired healthcare-focused executive search firm B.E. Smith for $160 million. In 2015, the company took over Onward Healthcare, a nurse and allied healthcare staffing firm; First String Healthcare, a nursing focused recruiting firm; and Millican Solutions, a physician executive search firm that serves academic medical centers and children’s hospitals.
Ms. Ross, an executive recruiter, has more than 20 years’ experience. Since 2014, she has focused on recruiting senior-level physician and non-physician leaders across most clinical and functional areas.
Ms. Mackey-Ross, a lead executive partner at the firm, brings over 25 years of leadership experience and bolsters AMN Healthcare’s capabilities to serve integrated and academic health systems in executive search and talent advisory services.
Ms. Schaulin serves as vice president, executive and physician leadership search. She is responsible for managing the search execution process.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media